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Bronxville BOE Considering Second Special Hayes Field Vote

Bronxville educators are considering a second vote regarding a synthetic playing surface at Hayes Field.
Bronxville educators are considering a second vote regarding a synthetic playing surface at Hayes Field. Photo Credit: File

EASTCHESTER, N.Y. – Less than a month after voters overwhelmingly approved a flood mitigation plan and narrowly rejected a field reconfiguration plan, the community is calling on the Bronxville Board of Education to consider a second vote.

After more than a year of debating and educating the public about the importance of installing a flood mitigation plan and subsequent synthetic playing surface at Hayes Field, the voters spoke last month, passing the first proposition 868-55, but rejecting the second by a narrow 470-452 margin in a special election.

At last week’s Board of Education, parents and students alike had their first opportunity to address the vote, and they requested a second special election, explaining that a synthetic field represents the best option for students both now and in the future.

The field could address the village’s shortage of athletic playing surfaces, a problem Board President Denise Tormey said has been overblown in recent years.

“What was a chronic issue of field shortage has now become an acute problem,” Tormey said at the meeting.

If the board is to consider a re-vote, a resolution must be passed and the district officials will have 45 days to disseminate various pieces of information to the public, including parking and landscaping in the area.

According to Tormey, the board is in the process of evaluating the election results before moving forward. She cited “the need to identify which issues are still under consideration and to clarify what is included in the flood mitigation project and what still needs to be addressed.”

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